WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra, the ultimate storage

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Dear, Gizcomputers. We dedicate the space of this review to WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra. And we emphasize space, because that’s what the product is about. To offer us a high-performance solution to save, transmit and share from anywhere. But before going into details, I remind you that you can know our impressions of the products of this manufacturer, visiting the review what did we do Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro.

Design and Build the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS

The WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra is a tool from the well-known manufacturer of storage solutions Western digital. And we say tool, because this product is more than just a hard drive. It is a network storage device. The calls NAS. A high-performance peripheral that will allow us to safely access and transmit our multimedia content from anywhere with an internet connection.

Presentation and models

The product is presented in the recognizable book format of external hard drives from WD. A casing of black color, whose measurements are 171.45 x 154.94 x 99.06 mm. The manufacturer offers the device with different storage configurations. Part of the option without a hard drive, for those users who want to add their own drives, up to a model with 20 TB.

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra

Presets that include storage have hard drives WD Red. Units manufactured specifically for the systems NAS. They provide better performance in environments that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The secret weapon inside

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra

The functions for which this product is enabled are executed by a powerful processor Marvell ARMADA 385 from two cores to 1.3 GHz. It offers ultra-fast transfer speeds and high-performance streaming. To top it off, it includes 1 GB from memory DDR3. This enables the device to multitask with ease.

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra Features

This system NAS uses the operating system My Cloud OS 3 from WD. A software that includes various tools and applications to fully control multimedia content. It allows to automatically synchronize the data of all the computers ensuring that the content is always updated. It is also capable of transferring content easily between the NAS and cloud services. Well it is compatible with Dropbox, OneDrive or Google drive.

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra

It should be noted that the My Cloud EX2 Ultra it is compatible with a wide range of applications. Among others, applications such as Plex Y WordPress, to customize the NAS and adjust it to any user need.

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra Tech Specs

Here is a summary table with all the technical details of this album WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra:

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra
Measurements
Width 3.90 inches (99.06 mm)
Depth 6.10 inches (154.94 mm)
Height 6.75 inches (171.45 mm)
Weight
  • 20 TB 5.1 lb (2.32 kg)
  • 16 TB 5 lb (2.3 kg)
  • 12 TB 5.2 lb (2.4 kg)
  • 8 TB 5.0 lb (2.3 kg)
  • 6 TB 4.61 lb (2.09 kg)
  • 4 TB 3.4 lb (1.6 kg)
  • 0 TB 1.8 lb (0.8 kg)
Product specifications
Capabilities and models
  • 20 TB WDBVBZ0200JCH
  • 16 TB WDBVBZ0160JCH
  • 12 TB WDBVBZ0120JCH
  • 8 TB WDBVBZ0080JCH
  • 6 TB WDBVBZ0060JCH
  • 4 TB WDBVBZ0040JCH
  • 0 TB WDBVBZ0000NCH
Interface
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Two expansion ports
  • USB 3.0
CPU Marvell® ARMADA® 385 1.3 GHz Dual Core
Memory 1GB DDR3
Disc compartments
  • 2 bays for 3.5-inch hard drives
  • Hot swapping
  • Trayless design
Internal hard drives Hard Drives for NAS WD Red
Expansion ports 2 USB 3.0 ports
Network protocols
  • DHCP client or static IP
  • NTP client
  • Dynamic DNS (DDNS)
  • Apple Bonjour and Windows Rally
  • Jumbo frame support up to 9K
  • VLAN (802.1Q)
  • Link Aggregation and Failover on the 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • UPnP port redirection
  • Link Layer Topology Discovery Protocol
  • iSCSI
  • SSH
Network file services
  • Compatible operating systems:
  • Windows XP Home / Pro / 64-bit SP3 +
  • Windows Vista / 7/8 (all versions)
  • Mac OS X 10.6, Lion, Mountain Lion
  • CIFS / SMB for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
  • Linux Distributed File System (DFS)
  • AFP for Mac OS X
  • FTP / SFTP server
  • WebDAV server
  • Compatible with Microsoft Active Directory
Backup management
  • Remote backups: From My Cloud Expert Series to My Cloud Expert Series, locally or remotely
  • Backup of internal device files or folders to other files or folders on the connected NAS or USB drive
  • WD SmartWare Pro for Windows Client Devices
  • Compatible with Apple Time Machine (10.5.8+)
  • Cloud-based backup services:
  • Amazon S3
  • ElephantDrive (http://home.elephantdrive.com/)
  • Disk sync management for connected USB ports
Disk management
  • RAID modes: JBOD; concatenation; RAID 0/1
  • RAID migration: JBOD to RAID 1
  • Hot swapping of discs
  • Disk roaming
  • Matrix roaming
Security Volume encryption (256-bit AES)
File System
  • EXT4 for internal hard drives
  • Compatible with mounting ISO Image
Supported formats
  • FAT / FAT32
  • NTFS (read and write capacity)
  • HFS + J (case sensitive)
  • Linux EXT2, EXT3, EXT4

(On externally connected USB drives)

FTP server
  • Port configuration support
  • Passive FTP port range support
  • Option to assign an external IP in passive mode
  • Language selection for the client computer
  • Anonymous FTP
  • Secure FTP support
  • Supports File Sharing Protocol (FXP)
  • FTP bandwidth restriction (upload / download)
  • IP address blocking (blocks access from an unwanted IP address)
Download management
  • HTTP downloads from a URL to a specific folder on the NAS
  • FTP downloads of files and folders from an FTP server to other files and folders on the NAS
  • P2P download server manager
Energy management
  • Drive acceleration and deceleration (includes USB directly connected WD drives)
  • Automatic power recovery (with UPS)
  • Scheduled power on and off
  • UPS Auto Low Battery Shutdown
  • Fan control
  • Network UPS
  • Wake on LAN
Remote access
  • My Cloud Mobile App
  • Web access at MyCloud.com
User / group management
  • Max No. users: 512 for Samba, 800 for ADS
  • Max No. usergroups: 64 for Samba, 200 for ADS
  • Maximum number of network shares: Maximum number of network shares: 128
  • Maximum concurrent CIFS connections: 10
  • User / group mapping for network shares / FTP
  • Quotas for groups or users
  • Assigning users to multiple groups
  • Assigning batches of users to groups
  • Batch User Creation
  • User import (delimited CSV format)
  • Group import (delimited CSV format)
Streaming multimedia content
  • PLEX multimedia application
  • UPnP Audio Video Media Server (Twonky)
  • DLNA certification
  • Compatible with WD TV, WD TV Live, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows 8, connected TVs, Blu-ray players and digital photo frames
  • ITunes Server
System Requirements
  • Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista operating systems
  • Mac OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, or Mountain Lion operating systems
  • DLNA ™ / UPnP ™ devices for streaming
  • Router for Internet connection
Supported browsers
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Internet Explorer 10 or later
  • Safari 6 or later
  • Firefox ™ 30 or later
  • Google Chrome ™ 31 or later on supported Windows and Mac platforms
Package content
  • Network Attached Storage
  • (Network storage)
  • Ethernet cable
  • AC adapter
  • Quick install guide
Performance Specifications
Operating temperature 5 ° C to 35 ° C
Non-operating temperature –20 ° C to 65 ° C
System management
System status Device Information

  • Using external storage capacity
  • Used capacity divided by categories (video, photos and music)
Alert notification
  • Event messages in the UI
  • Alerts on UI (with read required message)
  • Email notifications
  • Quick view of messages using pop-up windows
  • Red LED status light
Network Trash
  • Supports Windows CIFS
  • Supports Apple AFP
System information
  • Percentage of CPU usage
  • RAM consumption
  • Network performance in MB / s
Others
  • System log / FTP (syslog client)
  • HTTP / S management interface (web) (HTTP server)
  • Firmware update
  • Configuration backup and restore
  • SNMPv2
iSCSI
ISCSI target
  • CHAP authentication
  • iSNS (Internet Storage Name Service)
  • Up to 64 iSCSI targets
Volume virtualization
  • Virtual disks (via iSCSI initiator)
  • The maximum number of virtual disks is eight (8)
Others
Power supply
  • Input voltage: 100 V to 240 V AC
  • Input frequency: 50 to 60 Hz
  • Output voltage: 12V DC, up to 4A
Limited warranty
  • With records 3 years all over the world
  • No discs 2 years worldwide

Conclusions, availability and price of the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra

The WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra It is a solution that goes beyond the type of storage disk to store our digital belongings. It allows the user to centralize all their files, their entertainment and important data, in a powerful, versatile device with a multitude of possibilities.

PROS:
  • Access from anywhere.
  • Very strong data protection.
  • Centralize storage.

CONS:
  • Price.
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Total score

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